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throughout the millennial history of the jewish capital, the only time that jews, christians and muslims could worship freely, could have unfettered access to their holy sites has been during israel's sovereignty over jerusalem. jerusalem must never again be divided. jerusalem must remain the united capital of israel. [ applause ] i know this is a difficult issue for palestinians, but i believe that with creativity and goodwill, a solution can be found. so this is the peace i plan to
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forge with the palestinian partner committed to peace. but you know very well that in the middle east, the only peace that will hold is a peace you can defend. so peace must be anchored in security. in recent years, israel withdrew from south lebanon and from gaza. we thought we would get peace. that's not what we got. we got 12,000 rockets fired from those areas on our cities, on our children, by hezbollah and hamas. the u.n. peacekeepers in lebanon, they failed it prevent the smuggling of this weaponry. the european observers in gaza, they evaporated overnight.
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so if israel simply walked out of their territories, the flow of weapons into a future palestinian state would be unchecked. and missiles fired from it could reach virtually every home in israel in less than a minute. i want you to think about that too. imagine there is a siren going on now, and we have 60 seconds to find shelter from an incoming rocket. would you live that way? you think anybody can live that way? well, we're not going to live that way either. [ applause ]
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the truth is that israel needs unique security arrangements because of its unique size. it is one of the smallest countries in the world. mr. vice president, i'll grant you this, it's bigger than delaware. it's even bigger than rhode island. but that's about it. israel in the 1967 lines would be half the width of the washington beltway. there is a bit of nostalgia, i came to washington 30 years ago, as a young diplomat. it took me a while, but i finally figured it out. there is an america beyond the beltway. [ applause ]
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but israel on the 1967 lines would be only nine miles wide. so much for strategic depth. so it is therefore vital, absolutely vital that a palestinian state be fully demilitarized and it's vital, absolutely vital that israel maintain a long-term military presence along the jordan river. [ applause ] solid security arrangements on the ground are necessary not only to protect the peace. they're necessary to protect israel in case the peace
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unravels. because in our unstable region, no one can guarantee that our peace partners today will be there tomorrow. and, my friends, when i say tomorrow, i don't mean some distant time in the future, i mean tomorrow. peace can only be achieved around the negotiating table. the palestinian attempt to impose a settlement through the united nations will not bring peace. it should be forcefully opposed by all those who want to see this conflict end. i appreciate the president's clear position on this issue. peace cannot be imposed. it must be negotiated.
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but peace can only be negotiated with partners committed to peace. and hamas is not a partner for peace. hamas -- hamas remains committed to israel's destruction and to terrorism. they have a charter. that charter not only calls for the obliteration of israel, it says kill the jews, everywhere you find them. hamas' leader condemned the killing of osama bin laden and praised him as a holy warrior. now, again, i want to make this clear, israel is prepared to sit down today and negotiate peace
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with the palestinian authority. i believe we can fashion a brilliant future for our children. but israel will not negotiate with a palestinian government backed by the palestinian version of al qaeda. that we will not do. [ applause ] so i say to president abbas, tear up your pact with hamas, sit down and negotiate, make peace with a jewish state. and if you do, i promise you this, israel will not be the last country to welcome a palestinian state as a new member of the united nations. it will be the first to do so. [ applause ]
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my friends, the momentous trials over the last century and the unfolding events of this century attest to the decisive role of the united states in defending peace and advancing freedom. providence entrusted the united states to be the guardian of liberty. all people who cherish freedom, all profound debt of gratitude to your great nation, among the most grateful nations is my nation, the people of israel, who have fought for their liberty and survival against impossible odds in ancient and modern times alike. i speak on behalf of the jewish people and the jewish state,
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when i say to you, representatives of america, thank you. thank you. thank you for your unwavering support for israel. thank you for ensuring that the flame of freedom burns bright throughout the world. may god bless all of you and may god forever bless the united states of america. [ applause ] >> all right, to a standing ovation, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu just finishing his address to a special joint meeting of congress where he said israel will not return to the indefensible 1967 borders. that about ten minutes ago. nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell joins me right now. kelly, he's really echoing what he said last night as well, again, going back to the indefensible borders saying he
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will not go there, he will not agree with what president obama had said. >> reporter: this is really been a multiday rollout of prime minister netanyahu's position on this. we saw him in the oval office with the president where there was what appeared to be tense body language. then he had a speech here in washington and then this very big forum in front of the united states congress and an audience watching around the country. so this was a way to hammer at that point and try to drive it home. i was struck by how the prime minister gave the president a little political cover after a lot of flap about the president saying that the negotiations should return to the 1967 borders as a basis and then have mutually agreed upon swaps of land. many people heard that as going just back to 1967, and that is the position that they call indefensible. so netanyahu also said the president agrees that those 1967 borders would be changed. that's important for the president. certainly important for that relationship.
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and what you saw is certainly the bipartisan, tremendous support for israel here and it was the kind of thing that gives members of congress a chance to show their support. many of them were communicating with voters back home that they with see this in person and certainly for the prime minister it was an enormous venue to make his pitch. >> all right, capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell watching the entire speech for us. thank you, kelly. joining us, aaron david miller, former state department analyst and current public policy fellow at the woodrow wilson international center. thank you for staying with us throughout the last hour and watching this. we were talking about the 1967 borders, and how the prime minister, again here, really coming on very clearly, very strongly, and very consistently with the messaging that he's been giving out, the positioning he's been giving out over the last two days and more.
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>> well, i think we really is to put something to rest and make it clear. this is really much ado about nothing in the sense that the president, president obama never spoke about a return to the '67 borders and, in fact, today prime minister netanyahu acknowledged that. it is unclear who this fight is about. it really is a tactical, political game because president abbas himself has not spoken about a return to the '67 borders. he's accepted the principle of swaps. again, this is more of a political theater. and i think in a season -- or a week of surprises in terms of what the president said and how prime minister netanyahu reacted. the only thing that was entirely predictable was the speech that prime minister netanyahu just gave. we previewed it before he gave it. this is very much what was expected. >> you did expect that. aaron, what are your thoughts on what the prime minister has said and would you agree with what was just said regarding this being more theatrics than -- and positioning rather than real concrete steps moving forward? >> i think rob is right. i dealt and listened to this guy
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for 25 years. i've never seen a speech in more auspicious and hospitable circumstances. never seen him more effective. this was not a negotiator's speech this was a politician's speech. it was an effort to go back to fundamentals. first, the u.s. relationship, second, the importance of dealing with the iranian challenge, and finally, nothing new on the peace process for sure, but an affirmation of a willingness to negotiate with the palestinians. this advances the arab israeli peace process, the palestinians will not be surprised, but stunned by the forcefulness of the speech and by the fact that the president and the prime minister, i think, on a couple of key points, their positions may be more in harmony at this phase of the negotiations. so madeleine albright called benjamin netanyahu the american newt gingrich. his facility in english, his use of tropes and expressions, it was an incredibly powerful
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speech which clearly resonated with these lawmakers from one end of the hall to the other. >> now, robert, the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu coming from a different political tradition than president obama and they look to work together in the coming years, will they be able to come together to some solution despite what we have seen in the last two years? >> one thing i'm struck by, we had all the speeches now, we had the strong speech by president obama today as aaron said, a very powerful speech, two speeches between the last few days by prime minister netanyahu and the question is now what? and really now what is the question because i don't see anyone, president obama said that this conflict is more urgent than ever to resolve it. he said peace is in israel's interest and i'm sure president abbas would echo the same view in terms of a palestinian peace. but not one of the three of them seems to have a plan to go forward, none of them have said what it would do practically to move this forward.
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and so you ask me, can they work together? it is unclear to work together on what? the one issue that is standing out, there is the one you mentioned earlier, the issue of whether the u.n. general assembly would pass a resolution recognizing the state of palestine and that's where perhaps israel and the u.s. could work together but that's not a major issue. what is at risk today is a possible palestinian, a third palestinian uprising and what happens in september is not going to affect that. what will affect it is whether or not the palestinians believe it is a realistic prospect for peace. they're not going to hear anything of what the prime minister said today, they'll convince him of that. i don't think the israelis will be convinced of it either way for their part. so frankly at this point, the real question is where do we go from here? i don't think this week has clarified that one bit. >> aaron david miller, last word to you, this, as we have not had peacemaking since 2008, what do you think will be happening going forward? >> i think rob is right. this is an initiative, the prime ministers, the presidents, the
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palestinians, that doesn't have legs. there is no strategy here. there is no way to get to a negotiation. no prospects of negotiation right now. i think, though, that one reality strikes me, almost stunning, and that is benjamin netanyahu staying here for four days, has put himself at the centerpiece of an american strategy on peacemaking and the administration, having failed to develop an effective strategy, having failed to figure out whether they should pressure this man or pander to him, has to take him seriously. there will be no peace process. clearly without accommodating palestinian needs, but clearly without, finding a way for the president of the united states and the prime minister israel to figure out some sort of joint cooperative enterprise where they can build some measure of trust. >> robert, aaron, thank you, both, so much over the last hour as we follow that special meeting again with joint session, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu there addressing them.
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a desperate search and rescue continues at this hour in joplin, missouri. there are conflicting reports as to how many people were pulled alive yesterday from the wreckage of this weekend's massive tornado. as few as seven, as many as 17. it is hoped more survivors will be found today, but the threat of another severe storm system there, it looms. >> this used to be our home and now there is nothing left of it. >> debris as far as the eye can see. >> i don't even recognize this neighborhood. you know what i'm saying? >> the tornado that tore through joplin was three quarters of a mile wide. winds up to 198 miles per hour. when the winds died down, more
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than 2,000 structures had been ripped apart. >> when we came out, it looked like a war zone, it looked like we had been hit with a bomb. >> one of the buildings destroyed, st. john's hospital. >> i'm gratified and amazed at the outpouring of support from our neighbors. >> support is also coming from the president in london today. >> obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the families who are suffering at this moment. >> obama will visit missouri on sunday. he pledged the nation's help. >> and all we can do is let them know that all of america cares deeply about them and that we are going to do absolutely everything we can to make sure that they recover. >> but the road to recovery won't be easy. so far at least 116 people are confirmed dead, and the number is expected to rise. >> a lot of cleanup to come, a lot of heartache around this area. the folks here just are going
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through so much right now. >> they might have to go through even more. >> we are looking at a really strong risk, a high risk of strong storms firing up again just west and south of here as you take a look. you can see joplin is just on the edge of that. >> in the meantime, survivors continue to sift through the wreckage. >> we are finding a few things, just about everything is gone. >> thankful for what they still have. >> all i got to say is i'm just glad we're alive. >> joining us now from joplin, cardiologist dr. ronnie smalling who was on call at st. john's and helped patients evacuate down the stair well at the time. thank you very much for stopping by. i know it has been a very busy time for you right now, dr. smalling. tell us right now, we understand it is a very difficult situation when the tornado hit. we had heard that you had to cut the hospital beds, inflatable, but they're attached to the bed permanently. tell us what you had to deal
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with. >> well, immediately when the tornado happened, we got the staff in the middle of the corridor, and got out of the way and after the tornado probably lasted 90 seconds and some hail, we immediately went to our patients. it was totally pitch black. the ceilings had caved in. we began to mobilize the patients and try to get them out of the coronary care unit and get them to the east part of the hospital near a stair well for evacuation. and await fire and rescue. we had heard there might be a fire, so we wanted to get the patients out of the beds, so some of the beds which were made for inflatable for comfort, we actually had to cut the hoses and get them to the stair well. >> dr. smalling, those who are injured, how are you dealing with them right now? do you have any understanding of how many that the hospital is trying to deal with and the personnel, i should probably say, of the hospital, what they're trying to deal with? >> well, at this point, the hospital is totally shut down. one it was totally evacuated,
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the entire inside of the structure, though it is standing, there is debris all over the place, so there is no part of the hospital that is open. the patients were triaged either to a less serious or a more serious destination. there was a nearby hospital that was able to take our overflow. ambulances from different cities were able to come and take the most sick patients or helicopter them to other places and so at that point they have been dispersed and we had done our job excavating them, extracting them out of this difficult situation. it was catastrophic situation. it was heroic effort by all the st. john's mercy staff, very proud of everyone, just you can't even imagine or begin to prepare for something like this. >> or the emotional effects that you might have. behind you if you were to turn around, that's the hospital you would normally go to. it is in tatters at the moment. and the way it looked before, quite different obviously.
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tell us what you think of when you do return to this location. >> well, obviously there is some degree of angst and some degree of sadness because of -- the building itself has been totally destroyed. there is a lot of staff right now that are waiting the decisions and recommendations of the st. john's mercy staff and executives and administration. once we kind of have some direction from them as to what we're going to do and how we're going to move forward, then we'll be able to inform the staff of what we -- what steps we take next. it is too early in the rescue operation, in the assessment of the damages to determine what we should do next, but i suspect within the next day or so we'll get some direction from our leadership. >> dr. smalling, thank you very much for your time today. and we definitely wish the best for you and your staff and what you're trying to do to help people there in joplin. thank you. >> you're welcome.
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thank you so much for america for pitching in and helping us and god bless america. >> all right, thank you, dr. smalling. we'll have more on this story throughout this hour. also it a big day for chrysler. the auto giant is paying back more than $6 billion of its government bailout loan. ted strickland is the former democratic governor of ohio back in 2008, then governor strickland joined with several other governors to push for that auto industry bailout. governor strickland, for chrysler, this is a red letter day, being able to get rid of that government debt. of course, they will still have -- the government will still have some ownership of stock, but how does this feel for you? >> well, it is a great day for america and ohio, michigan, indiana, and other states where the auto industry is so important. but it would not have happened had it not been for the leadership of our president. and i think it is important for us on this great day to acknowledge the fact that there were a lot of naysayers and many of them want to be president.
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but it was barack obama who provided the leadership necessary to make this great, great day possible. >> what does this mean that this debt is now being repaid? what does this mean for the company itself? it is able to reduce some of its costs. >> what it means is that this intervention was successful. chrysler, gm, to a lesser extent ford, we're all facing tremendous pressures. and the president, with some help from the congress, made the decision that government assistance here at this critical time was essential if these great companies were going to survive. and these jobs were going to be saved. and so, you know, there was a lot of -- there was a lot of criticism. we all know that. there were people saying, oh, you know, the government shouldn't be doing this. >> governor strickland -- >> nevertheless -- >> it was said, if i may, government motors is what they
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were saying about all of the big three as the bailouts were coming through. do you think this should be done again if the auto industry should reach or another industry should reach such a dire situation? >> well, every situation needs to be looked at, you know, within the context of what's happening. but we know what was happening with the auto industry. the worldwide competition, the effects of the recession, the lack of the ability of potential auto buyers to get loans. it was a critical time and gm and chrysler, these great companies, were facing their possible -- absolute destruction. and mitt romney and pawlenty and huntsman and gingrich, these people who now say they want to be the president and lead this country, they have some explaining to do as far as i'm concerned. ohio's economy is coming back, but it would not have come back if the auto industry had been
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allowed to just i ddiminish as was doing. >> governor strickland, we have to go. but was this a lot about gut, not knowing what the future was going to bring? was it more of a gut decision to support this back then? >> well, i think it was courage. i think it was courage to do the right thing in the face of great criticism. and we now know that it was the correct decision. the auto industry has been saved. and the supply chain has been kept in tact and 55,000 additional jobs have been created as a result of the decision that was made. and ohio is benefiting. indiana, 26,000 new jobs within the last year. ohio, over 6,000 new jobs within the last year, within the auto industry. so this is a good day for ohio and michigan and indiana, but it is also a very good day for
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america. and we ought to congratulate and thank the president for his leadership. >> governor strickland, thank you so much. as we know, the midwest is glad to hear of this development. we appreciate your time. and efforts with regard to this. thank you. still following prime minister benjamin netanyahu in his discussion and his remarks after his joint meeting with congress there, the joint meeting just finished addressing them about 20 minutes ago. let's listen to them live now as house speaker boehner is also speaking shortly. >> you got that impression. i got that impression in the hall where we have just come from. and i was delighted to see these -- these anchors of the american-israel alliance and the new faces that have been added. it is heart warming. we have a different feeling about the world.
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about our potential, about our defenses when we have the solid american support from all parts of the american people. america supports us in our quest for peace. america helps our security. america wants a genuine peace. america opposes hamas. america joins us in demanding that hamas' criminal organization release gila gilad shalid. they're not letting the red cross visit him even once. america stands with us in our just demands to release our soldier, to stop terrorism, to have a real durable and defensible peace. this is a great day for us. and for me, it is the opportunity to -- i can't say close the circle, i can say come back to a place that i deeply
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appreciate. this country, its capital city, washington, its capital and the great american patriots who are leading it and who are leading the friendship between the world's biggest democracy. and so far, the middle east only democracy. thank you very much. >> on behalf of the united states senate, we welcome you to the united states capital. for someone who has listened to a lot of speeches, and a lot of speeches -- >> just finishing speaking, new we see the house majority leader harry reid also making comments, this after the joint meeting of congress. stay with us. we'll have more.
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there is a new poll out that shows mitt romney surging ahead of the republican's 2012 field
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in new hampshire. romney is the choice of 32% of primary voters in the cnn/wmur poll. that puts him ahead of ron paul who comes in with 9%. newt gingrich has 6% along with rudy giuliani who has not even said if he's running or not. in a trend seen in this and many other polls, a lot of republicans are not exactly thrilled with their choices. 43% said they are dissatisfied with the gop field. molly ball is a national politics reporter with politico. you have an article out on this very subject today. molly, thank you for being here. the so-called top tier candidates, mitt romney, tim pawlenty, jim huntsman who is expected to jump in soon, some goppers think the current field is as good as it is going to get. are they not seen as sufficient by republicans? >> well, they certainly weren't a week ago, right? we had this tremendous boom for indiana governor mitch daniels. a lot of people, especially in the establishment, the sort of
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gop elites, trying to convince him to run because of exactly this feeling of dissatisfaction you're talking about, the feeling that the field of candidates we now have is weak, is flawed, it potentially not going to be able to beat president obama next year. now that mitch daniels has decided not to run, you know, going back to some of those people and asking them are you now going to try to draft somebody else, is there somebody else who is your dream candidate, now they're saying, no, we're doan with thne with t going to pick the strongest candidate possible. >> let's talk jon huntsman. what he said -- let's listen to what he said first on "good morning america" and then i have a question for you. >> i work for the president of the united states. the president asked me, the president of all the people. and during a time of war, during a time of economic difficulty for our country, if i'm asked by my president to serve, i'll stand up and do it. >> you would do it again.
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>> i would do it again, of course. >> so what do you think? can this positioning work for him? >> it is sort of the only choice he has is to say that he wasn't working for obama the democrat, he was working for obama the president and he was doing his patriotic duty. that certainly is the line that we have heard from jon huntsman as he's been called upon to explain what is seen as his sort of achilles heel in this race, the fact that he worked for obama. >> given high unemployment, we seem to have a stuttering economy as well, it seems like it would be a prime feeding ground for the gop, that there would be many names being thrown in at this time. >> yeah. well, you know, nobody knows how any of the factors are going to look a year from now. there are two competing schools of thought on this. there is the one that says, well, geez, with all these weak economic numbers you're talking about, voters are going to be looking for change, they're going to want to throw out the president, the republicans can't afford to squander what is a great opportunity. there is also this school of thought, though, that says that obama looks just about
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invincible, you know, he just recently managed to pick off osama bin laden, and seems to be riding high in a lot of ways and the republicans seem to be fractured and sort of scrambling. so there is another sort of conventional wisdom out there that says he's practically unbeatable. and we'll just have to see how that all plays out. >> for more on this, a great article by molly ball there, politico and mike alan. if you want to read more on that and potential candidates as we look forward from the gop. appreciate it. >> thanks, richard. opening statements today in the long awaited trial of casey anthony who is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter. now, the trial attracted nationwide attention and comes after three years of frustrating legal twists and turns. dozens of spectators were lined up bright and early hoping for access to that courtroom. nbc's kerry sanders is standing outside the courthouse in orlando with the very latest for us. hey, kerry. >> reporter: good morning, richard. a packed courtroom, about 47 people who showed up here, some as early as 4:00 this morning, were allowed into the courtroom.
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cindy and george anthony that would be casey's parents, are also in the courtroom. and they watched and listened as casey anthony sat there at times sobbing as the prosecutor laid out the story, telling how casey anthony, mother of caylee anthony, concocted stories, told police lies, led them on wild goose chases, made up more stories again and again on where her 2-year-old daughter caylee was. eventually the prosecutor said her body was found just a short distance from her home. they looked at the computer that was taken from casey's home and when they looked at that computer, and they forensically pulled the items off the hard drive, they found some very key pieces of evidence. this is the prosecutor linda drane-burdick. >> internet searches were conducted by a user in the anthony home, using google.
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google searches were done on that computer for the words chloroform, alcohol, acetone and peroxide. >> reporter: those were all things that the investigators say and will be presented to the court and ultimately the jury here were used to knock out caylee and ultimately lead to her death. the jury sitting in the box, 12 jurors along with five alternates were told by the judge if you want to, you can take notes, not a single one took notes. they all had direct eye contact with the prosecutor who was back and forth and in front of the jury box there, telling them this tale over about two hours and 27 minutes. up next, the version of the story that we will hear from the defense. richard? >> kerry sanders in orlando, thank you. sources say that dna taken from dominique strauss-kahn matches evidence from the new york city hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault. this is the first forensic link
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joplin, missouri, is where we take you right now. it is a race against time to find more survivors from sunday's devastating storms. the tornado that ripped through the city left at least 116 people dead. it is the single deadliest tornado to hit that area since 1953. the rescue efforts, by the way, have been hampered by bad weather. yesterday, two emergency responders were struck by lightning. the weather channel's maria larosa joins us now. your concern there, many people are concerned there about weather again today. >> unfortunately, richard, you look at joplin right now, sunny skies. that's actually a bad thing. i'll talk about that in a second. we have a widespread threat happening right now. we go from the carolinas in virginia, clear across the country to east of the rockies, but our clear focus later on this afternoon will be across portions of kansas into oklahoma. and as i show you the visible satellite imagery, that's where the sun is shining right now. the greatest threat, that area
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in white including from wichita to oklahoma city will be later this afternoon into the evening hours. we're talking about tornadoes. some destructive and violent tornadoes possible, large hail and damaging winds as well. we're talking softball sized hail possible with some of the thunderstorms. it is not going to end today, unfortunately as we track the storm into wednesday. we see the threat shifting off to the east, including areas like joplin over to st. louis. here, too, tomorrow, we are concerned about tornadoes and very strong thunderstorms into the afternoon and evening on wednesday. richard? >> we hope for the best. thank you very much for the very latest on that. the polls are open in new york state where a small house race could have a very large impact on republicans' plan to overhaul medicare it is all because then republican congressman christopher lee got caught sending this picture to a potential date on craigslist. he was gone almost instantly, setting up tonight's race where a democrat may win in this heavily republican district. celeste cats is a political
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columnist at "the new york daily news." this race in new york's 26th district, traditionally republican, but the republican here, jane c orwin, she's behin in the polls. >> it is a close race now. there is no way to tell what is going to happen. jane is running in a traditionally republican district, but there has been a lot of concern about the issue of medicare in the 26th congressional district. some people have been concerned that maybe the gop plan isn't the best way to go and kathy hoch, the democrat, has really been trying to milk that and get a lot of support from that. and it seems to be working. >> looking at the polls, you follow this a lot, the poll shows hochul is up by four points. it shows that medicare is the top issue. might this be an indication for the republicans as they look forward in what is happening in the local race? >> some people are saying -- are trying to broaden this out and
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extrapolate and say, this is really a commentary on how people feel about medicare and the reform of medicare overall. and are the republicans going about this the right way, should they pull back? at same time, there are a lot of other factors going on here. there is an independent in the race. there is, you know, there is a lot of other stuff going on that might influence it. so it is a little bit dangerous also, i think, to overinterpret what this race is going to mean. >> and, celeste, you talk about what might influence it. there are a lot of big hitters that have come in to stump for the candidates here, former president clinton. we also have governor chris christie. who has the most to lose here? >> they have made robo calls, nancy pelosi has been involved and john boehner for their respective candidates. i think arguably the republicans have the most to lose because the democrats can say, well, if we don't win it, this is a republican district, this is a very hard race. but right now doesn't look like either candidate can walk away with it. >> you're saying you expect low turnout so who would that favor here? >> again, that's tough to say,
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really going to matter -- again, if there are a lot of registered republicans in the district, you would figure disproportionately, but the democratic, you know, party has also done a lot, they're churning out get out the vote operations stuff right now too. so both candidates really have to worry about who shows up. >> celeste katz, interesting. a lot of people watching. >> absolutely. >> appreciate it. we'll be right back. 50 billion network devices will roam the earth. that's seven devices per person. this will change how we work in ways we've never before imagined. what do you need to secure your people, their devices, and your business? a network that can evolve and grow to protect your human network. [ female announcer ] experience dual-action power, with listerine® whitening plus restoring rinse. it's the only listerine® that gets teeth two shades whiter
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erupted. but the problem has really been confusion because some flights are canceled. the weather and wind has been so changeable. it has been tough to predict where the cloud is going next. for example, tomorrow germany could be affected. and then you have some airlines like the budget ryan air really blasting the british government saying that they found no ash in areas where the government termed red zones where planes aren't supposed to fly. here is the ceo of that airline. >> we have no intention of doing so. we want to fly from glass glow to london and there is no volcano ash in the air over scotland. we're back to the same bureaucratic bungling we had when caused such chaos for passengers this time last year. >> now, last year when that other volcano erupted, the one that nobody seemed to be able to pronounce, it grounded thousands of flights, 10 million passengers, it lasted for several days, caused the industry a billion dollars. the good news is with this one, even though the eruption is much, much bigger than last
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year's, the particles are bigger so they're falling to the ground faster. also, because of what happened last year, scientists now understand how those particles react in the air much better, they have been able to make this much more coordinated tracking effort. where as last year you had a ban on all flights in certain areas, now there is a grading process so planes are able to fly in areas where last year they would have said no, it is too dangerous. things are better, but they're still going to be disrupted for possibly a couple of days, richard. >> i dare not ask how to pronounce this one. i won't do that to you. michelle, thank you so much. i'm richard lui, thank you for watching this hour, in for contessa brewer. up next, "andrea mitchell reports." hey, andrea. >> hi, richard. a big day here in washington. coming up next, brian williams joining us live from missouri where the search for victims continues. forecasters warning of another round of violent storms. israel's prime minister again rejects the white house position on borders. we'll break down his big speech to congress today. all that, plus former
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right now on "andrea mitchell reports," storm threat. rescuers scramble to find survivors in joplin, missouri. bracing for a second hit from another -- from mother nature. forecasters have issued a high risk warning for strong tornadoes in states from kansas to texas. the death toll in joplin is now at 117, with hundreds still missing. president obama says he'll be traveling there sunday to meet with victims after he completes his trip to europe. on capitol hill today, israel's prime minister delivers a powerful political message to a very friendly congress with a hard line for any future peace talks. >> peace cannot be imposed. it must be negotiated. i say to president

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